Editor's Note: Laura Sievert, executive director of Arts Quincy, is participating in the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa or RAGBRAI. The 427-mile trip will have her pedal Sunday through Saturday from Council Bluffs to Keokuk, Iowa. Laura is blogging about her adventure and the home-baked pie along the way.
Today was college spirit day on RAGBRAI, and of course I was wearing my Iowa Hawkeye bike jersey! Since we are in the Hawkeye State, I wasn't the only one and I had fun today collecting photos of other people wearing my same jersey.
One of the neat things about RAGBRAI is that even though there are so many riders, you still tend to bump into people you know. I must have seen Tyler Bickel, of Burlington's Bickel's Bike Shop, a half-dozen times this week. I also bumped into my cousin and her kids and a few Quincians along the way yesterday!
It was another great day of food on the trail with a church breakfast and a K of C lunch. It was quite a lot hotter today so I didn't eat as much, but I still got good fuel for the ride.
The riding was unexpectedly tough. Besides the temperature cruising up near 90 degrees, we had a stiff 15 mph headwind almost all day. A section that should have been easy going got slowed down to about 10 mph because of all the wind.
Coming into Burlington was really neat. We stopped for the best cup of lemonade in Iowa, served up by a little girl who was clearly having a ball. Then the route cruised through West Burlington. The fire department had a ladder truck set up over the road spraying down water from way up high. I looked at the girl riding next to me and said “YOLO” and we rode right under it! It was really awesome.
Overall, this was a tough day, but I'm glad we made it. I had a friend in Burlington who let us sleep at her house, and having a real bed and a shower going into the last day was just what I needed.